Phoenix Suns to Play Toronto Raptors in Vancouver

Comments 103 by Rebecca Bollwitt

September 29, 2010: This post has been promoted to the front page of Miss604 to announce the new contest. Details are below.

The Toronto Raptors are playing a pre-season exhibition game this fall hosting Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. It will be exciting to see professional basketball return to Rogers Arena, which was originally the home of the Vancouver’s NBA team, the Grizzlies, back in the teal-covered 90s.

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Photo credit: Keira-Anne on Flickr

From CBC News: “The contest will also be a homecoming of sorts for Raptors head coach Jay Triano, who played his college basketball at Simon Fraser and later returned to coach there. And it will be an opportunity for Triano to face Nash, who Triano coached with Canada’s Olympic basketball program and formed a bond with… …Triano said the Raptors will start training camp in Toronto but the club expects to hold a portion of its pre-season preparations in B.C.”

The game will be played October 6, 2010 and if you’re looking for an excuse to grab a ticket and cheer on the Suns, Keira’s got 10 good reasons right here. Keira’s arguably the biggest Phoenix Suns fan you’ll find in Vancouver and as such, she’s already confirmed her presence at the game where she’ll be live-tweeting the action.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, July 24th through Ticketmaster.

Update September 29th, 2010 Thanks to the folks at Movember and NBA Canada I have two tickets for the game to give away.

About Movember: The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember. Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for prostate cancer. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

Here’s how you can enter to win the tickets:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • RT to enter to win #Suns v #Raptors tix from #NBACanada @Movember & @Miss604

    I will draw one winner from comments and entries (received after this update) at 12:00pm Monday October 4th.

    Update The winner is Ian Yeung – have fun at the game!

    103 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

    1. CharlesTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 11:31pm PDT

      Nash is gonna light it up vs. Toronto.

    2. CrystalWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 1:44pm PDT

      Wow! This will be an amazing game to watch!

    3. RicciaWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 1:49pm PDT

      I would love to take my friend for her bday!!!!! 🙂

    4. MikeWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 2:02pm PDT

      Good to have basketball action in Vancouver again! And having Nash and the Raptors playing here will definitely inspire more people to join the sport, and maybe lead to having another NBA team here!

    5. HollyWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 2:06pm PDT

      So fun!! Thanks for the opportunity!

    6. RobWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 2:18pm PDT

      Would love a chance to see the NBA in Van! (again..! )

    7. LBWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 2:23pm PDT

      Never been to a live basketball game!

    8. MariaWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 2:28pm PDT

      I have been trying to get tickets for my boyfriend’s birthday … he is from Ontario, huge Raptors fan … and has never seen them live. I wan to win! 😀 Plus it would be my first time at an NBA game as well! WOO!!

    9. SunnyWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 2:46pm PDT

      This is a special event for basketball in BC. I would love to attend.

    10. ParkerWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 2:58pm PDT

      This would be such an awesome night – basketball in Vancouver!!!

    11. Richard W.Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 3:06pm PDT

      NBA back in Vancouver again….if for only one night! Should be a great night of basketball!

    12. AlysonWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 3:11pm PDT

      Basketball played in Vancouver. It’s been a long time since that’s happened!

    13. MeganWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 3:14pm PDT

      STEVE NASH!!!!

    14. AlakittenWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 3:46pm PDT

      Sounds Like a Good Time 🙂

    15. T KingWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 3:53pm PDT

      gotta love Nash!

    16. Michael AllisonWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:13pm PDT

      I’d like to try to win these, if possible!

    17. ShawnWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:19pm PDT

      October 6th is my birthday. This would make a great present.

    18. KatieWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:32pm PDT

      I met Steve Nash back in 2004 or so in Victoria. Nicest guy ever with a big heart he throws into his charity work. Lots of respect for him.

    19. Andrew ChobaniukWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:33pm PDT

      Go Suns!!!

    20. chico sousaWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:34pm PDT

      Basketball on this level is so missed in Vancouver!

    21. JaneWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:35pm PDT

      Great event to bring to Rogers Arena! My hubby would be very happy if I won these!

    22. EliWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:35pm PDT

      A transplanted Raptors fan, this would be awesome.

    23. EricaWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:35pm PDT

      This would be awesome! I haven’t been to a B-ball game since the Grizzlies were in Vancouver. I miss having a team here… but tickets to a one-night event would also be a welcome solution. 🙂

    24. MarissaWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:36pm PDT

      this is the perfect perfect anniversary gift for my boyfriend.

    25. DarrenWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:39pm PDT

      I’d love to see the game, I still miss the Grizzlies!

    26. JoeWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:40pm PDT

      Wow, I never had a chance to watch the NBA here in Vancouver. This would be so awesome.

    27. KathyWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:41pm PDT

      I miss basketball in Vancouver. I went to a some Grizzlies games before and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. Watching Steve Nash in action would be awesome.

    28. LanaWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:48pm PDT

      I played basketball as a kid. plus i’m unemployed???

    29. DonaldWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:53pm PDT

      Bring back the Grizzlies!

    30. Ian YeungWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:54pm PDT

      I so wanna win this!!!!

    31. DavidWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:58pm PDT

      I like watching the NBA more than the NHL, so I look forward to seeing an NBA game again in Vancouver.

    32. BonnieWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 4:58pm PDT

      I’ve never been to an NBA game. Would love to see one. R.I.P. Grizzlies. Would have been nice for the Grizzlies to have worked out, but Vancouver is a hockey city.

    33. DeepWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 5:05pm PDT

      nash is fire!

    34. Hetesh TWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 5:11pm PDT

      Please…. Fingers Crossed

    35. Steph SWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 5:17pm PDT

      This sounds great!

    36. donWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 5:22pm PDT

      yes please

    37. LindaWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 5:57pm PDT

      Fingers crossed!

    38. MarissaWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 6:01pm PDT

      I would love to get the chance to watch this basketball game!

    39. AmyWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 6:24pm PDT

      I want to win the tickets to watch the basketball game!!! YAAA NASH!!!

    40. anthonyWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 6:25pm PDT

      I cant wait for this game!!! I hope I get tix!!

    41. Kelly ManWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 6:28pm PDT

      Woot Nash coming back home for a game vs the raptors. I wonder if malhotra is going to be there too

    42. MichaelWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 7:13pm PDT

      Good luck everyone awesome contest!

    43. JohnWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 7:27pm PDT

      I’ve yet to watch a nba game live ! This would awesome ! Nonetheless, great contest !

    44. KimWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 7:48pm PDT

      Steve Nash is awesome. What a great Canadian representing! Would love to see him play!

    45. kathWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 7:51pm PDT

      a great alternative event to all the VIFF around town. not that I don’t love VIFF but…watching live always beats bigscreen IMO

    46. sumiWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 8:08pm PDT

      woo hoo!

    47. KayWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 8:11pm PDT

      I agree…bring back the Grizzlies!

    48. DennisWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 8:16pm PDT

      Hair Canada in action. Would love to go!

    49. CeciWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 8:50pm PDT

      The game sounds awesome! It’d be a fabulous event to go to with my basketball nut of a dad! 😀

    50. mariaWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 8:57pm PDT

      I miss basketball in Vancouver. I loved it when we had the Grizzlies. I totally think they should bring back a basketball team! I would love to win these tix!!!!!

    51. AlexWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 9:35pm PDT

      Sounds like it’s going to be a great event!

    52. SusanWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 9:44pm PDT

      My Dad is sick he has alzheimer’s. This October he will have been in a carehome for 1 year. He is only 61. He started losing his memory at 48. My mom has lost her husband. My mom is in LOVE with Steve Nash. It kinda grosses me out as I went to junior high with Steve and played basketball with him….She is 65. Let me take her to watch him play. Old girl’s deserve thrills too!

    53. JCWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 9:50pm PDT

      sign me up for this!

    54. LynWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 10:08pm PDT

      Ever since I saw Harlem Globe trotters play in Vancouver, I’ve been a baskeetball fan.
      Ilook forward to seeing the game.

    55. SamWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 10:09pm PDT

      Ever since I saw Harlem Globe trotters play in Vancouver, I’ve been a baskeetball fan.
      Ilook forward to seeing the game.

    56. AdamWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 10:11pm PDT

      NBA is very cool. I think it will be an exciting game to watch.

      I like to support Steve Nash and all the good charity work he does.

    57. HannahWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 10:44pm PDT

      I am from Toronto, and it would be great to see a Raptors game once again.

    58. ashleeWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 10:44pm PDT

      i’ll go 🙂

    59. DaniellaWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 10:47pm PDT

      This game is going to be AWESOME!! I would be honored to go!!


    60. OwenWednesday, September 29th, 2010 — 11:27pm PDT

      Go Suns!

    61. EdThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 3:43am PDT

      Nash is a fantastic role model for young and old alike. Would love to take my son to the game!

    62. Cameron W.Thursday, September 30th, 2010 — 8:29am PDT

      I’d love to win. I could take my girlfriend to her first and only NBA game.

    63. Rich @VancouverNutritionistThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 8:58am PDT

      It’s been a long time since I’ve been to an NBA game. Would love to go!

    64. MaseyThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 10:02am PDT

      The Mo may very well get a run from me this year. God help you all! Cover your eyes! 😛

    65. AlissaThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 10:08am PDT

      I’ve never been to an NBA game. Would loooove to go!

    66. Dina AThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 10:14am PDT


      I have never been to a pro NBA game and would love to experience it!!!



    67. KymThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 10:20am PDT

      count me in! my dad would love this!! 😀

    68. KristinaThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 10:35am PDT

      Would love to win tickets! Miss having basketball in Vancouver…

    69. NateThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 10:36am PDT

      Stevie is gonna own!!!

    70. Ron K.Thursday, September 30th, 2010 — 11:01am PDT

      Went to the Grizzly games back in the day. Would like to be back in the stands watching a game again.

    71. DanielleThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 11:31am PDT


    72. smoboyThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 11:33am PDT

      NBA back in Vancouver! If only the Grizzlies had the foresight to draft Steve Nash. What could have been…?

    73. AmyThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 11:33am PDT

      aw would love to take my boyfriend to the game!! 🙂

    74. JDdudraThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 11:46am PDT

      This is going to be awesome!

    75. CarlosThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 11:59am PDT

      Looking forward to Movember again. 3rd year running!

    76. mattuzziThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 12:21pm PDT

      Nash is god!

    77. AvaThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 12:29pm PDT

      I’ve never been to a Basketball game, it’d be great to watch!

    78. VirginiaThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 5:02pm PDT

      i looooovvvvve basketball
      its the greatest sport of them all
      it’s great to watch in the fall
      after buying a PHX SUNS jersey at the mall
      wanna hear something thats fun
      seeing steve nash and the phx suns!!
      i love me some nba
      and i would love to see phx play
      i wish had a chance to go
      so im writing this comment you knooow (:

    79. JennyThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 6:05pm PDT

      I want!

    80. Ryan B.Thursday, September 30th, 2010 — 6:46pm PDT

      NBA MVP, actor, comedian, fitness guru, filmmaker … Steve Nash can do it all!! Must be because he is Canadian 🙂

    81. Tracey FlattesThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 7:40pm PDT

      Fun…haven’t been to a game in a while!

    82. AkemiThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 9:33pm PDT

      Would love to go to this game!

    83. nealThursday, September 30th, 2010 — 11:17pm PDT

      I’m excited to have NBA Basketball back in Vancouver. Thanks for the chance for tickets.

    84. RoopFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 5:53am PDT

      I once snuck into Gate 9 at old GM place to meet with the grizzlies when they were leaving the building, and ran into Big Countries parents. I told them to make sure they fed him gumbo during the off-season. Next year he came into camp 40 lbs over-weight. PS. Go Nash Go!

    85. HardevFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 9:23am PDT

      I haven’t seen a basket ball game since Grizzlies season 1!!! I would love to go!!!

    86. AdamFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 12:58pm PDT

      Got to cheer for my hometown team. Go Raps!!!

    87. stephen bFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 1:29pm PDT

      I would love to wn tckets to this I have not seen an NBA game since teh grizzlies left us!

    88. JeanineyFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 1:57pm PDT

      ya! Live basketball! my fave!

    89. lori davisFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 2:02pm PDT

      Go #PhoenixSuns Welcome home Nash Bringing BBall back 2 the city :))

    90. KareyFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 3:05pm PDT

      Wish that Vancouver still had a team! I arrived a few years too late to witness the Grizzlies.

    91. ChrisFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 4:48pm PDT

      Sweet! I gotta get tickets to this. Thanks for the contest!

    92. E.TangFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 5:21pm PDT

      Thanks for the opportunity, would like seeing an NBA game.

    93. LorraineFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 7:39pm PDT

      Feels like I’ve been waiting forever for the 2010-11 NBA season to start!

    94. JeffSaturday, October 2nd, 2010 — 9:55am PDT

      It would be sweat to see some B-ball in Vancouver again, plus having Nash play at his”home” is cool to!

    95. RyanSaturday, October 2nd, 2010 — 3:04pm PDT

      Would love to go! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a B-ball game in Vancouver. Thanks!

    96. KatieSunday, October 3rd, 2010 — 1:13am PDT

      You are so kind to give away the bball tickets!
      I will spread the word about “Movember”


    97. rubySunday, October 3rd, 2010 — 10:24am PDT

      I wud luv 2 take my sis as an early bday gift! Thx for the opportunity!

    98. KatieSunday, October 3rd, 2010 — 7:18pm PDT

      Would absolutely love to go!!

    99. JeffSunday, October 3rd, 2010 — 10:00pm PDT

      I ran into JT back when he used to do colour for the Grizz. Nice guy, and knows a lot about basketball.

    100. Sonia EjtehadianMonday, October 4th, 2010 — 10:28am PDT

      My bf is a basketball fanatic! I would love to win this for him 😀

    101. SanazMonday, October 4th, 2010 — 10:30am PDT

      Would love to see this game live!

    102. LyndseyMonday, October 4th, 2010 — 10:36am PDT

      I’ve never been to a professional NBA game of any kind, but would love to!! I was a point guard in high school, so I still hold a place in my heart for the game. This would be great to see!

    103. S. FieldMonday, October 4th, 2010 — 11:20am PDT

      We used to go see the Grizzlies play – too bad more people didn’t give them a chance while they were here because professional basketball is a great show! Would love to see a live game in Vancouver again.

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